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Ministers mull national insurance rise to fund social care

Boris Johnson refuses to recommit to Tory manifesto promise not to raise taxes

Ministers are considering a national insurance rise – described as a social care and health levy – in order to overhaul the UK’s social care system, as Boris Johnson refused to recommit to the Tory manifesto promise not to raise taxes.

The prime minister declined to reassert the pledge not to raise income tax or national insurance when asked about plans for tax hikes at the Downing Street press conference on Monday. Johnson hinted a proposed offer was imminent, saying: “It won’t be too long, I assure you,” though Whitehall sources have suggested no deal has been reached.

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